During a closed session at the end of its Monday night meeting, the Tehachapi City Council approved a contract for its new police chief.

City spokesman Key Budge said Tuesday morning that the action was reported after the council returned to open session. The five-year contract, to be effective June 26, is with Richard Standridge — currently the chief of police for the city of Bishop. As the city announced previously, he was selected to be the new chief following recruitment earlier this year.

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